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Three Months

Ellis started daycare this week. Which means Brooke is back to work. I’ll leave out the picture of Brooke crying after we left him in the care of (very sweet) strangers for the first time. It’s been an emotional week. But it’s also been one with lots of promise. Unlike much of the first two […]

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Getting Acquainted

Ellis has seven weeks underneath his belt. He seems to digest things (a little) better, cry less, sleep (a little) longer at night, and he’s even starting to smile at the absurd noises and faces his two giant roommates make. I felt a connection to the kid from the first time I saw him. But […]

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He’s Here

We’ve been waiting a long time, but Ellis finally arrived last week. Brooke got some time off work before the due date, so we nested and rested. We went to some midwife appointments. One day big snow flakes fell from the sky, and Ellis decided he was ready to enter the world. As far as […]

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Model

Brett is one of my favorite photo subjects. I thought that was because of his dreamy eyes, but after seeing him on my recent trip to Louisville, I realized it might have something to do with him always getting into things. He’s always tinkering or fixing or doing something visual. That, and he has dreamy […]

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Nesting

Brooke spent most of her pregnancy living in a construction zone. The instinct to nest kicked in, and she had no means to make a comfortable place for her baby. This past weekend we were showered with so much love (and gifts) from friends and family. With the renovations and nursery pretty much complete, Brooke […]

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The Guest

I’ve talked to some wedding photographers who find it stressful to attend weddings as guests. It feels like they’re in the office. I love it, however. When I’m working I don’t eat hors devours or drink anything other than water. So I feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m unleashed on cocktail […]

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Nursery

I never would have posted a picture like thisĀ if I hadn’t planned on eventually taking and posting a picture like the one below. My wife isn’t vomiting anymore. She’s glowing. And she’s nesting. Now that we’ve chosen nursery paint colors we just need to put some furniture in there . . . and accomplish dozens […]

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Kitchenless

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. After three months without a kitchen we finally have a sink with running water. No stove or (permanent) refrigerator yet, but paint is going on the walls. I took this picture two months ago when I was grilling at the beginning of the week […]

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Emerald Isle

Last month we made the annual trip to Emerald Isle, NC. I think this was the 31st summer my family and two others have spent the week together on the same stretch of sand. A few years ago one of Brooke’s best friends coincidentally moved to the area. So, we now spend more than a […]

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House Blessing

Our house had been in the previous owner’s family for 60 years. Two years ago when we bought the home they left behind this house blessing. I’m sure it was hard for them to leave, and giving us the framed blessing was very thoughtful. Over the past two months we’ve been gutting and rebuilding the […]

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